Hawks bug­ging me – prophet

Bushiri’s of­fice bro­ken into and lis­ten­ing de­vices planted, says lawyer

Sunday World - - Sunday Report - By Ng­wako Malatji ng­[email protected]­day­world.co.za

Enlightened Chris­tian Gath­er­ing Church leader Prophet Shep­herd Bushiri’s of­fice in Pre­to­ria has al­legedly been bro­ken into and bugged.

And his lawyer Nt­sako Baloyi’s Beemer was also bro­ken into in Kemp­ton Park, Joburg, and le­gal doc­u­ments and R4 000 in cash were stolen.

The in­ci­dents, which hap­pened within five days of each other, were sus­pected to have been car­ried out by cer­tain mem­bers of the Hawks who in­ves­ti­gated sev­eral cases against the cler­gy­man.

Baloyi has since opened a case of theft at the Norkem Park po­lice sta­tion and also opened a case on be­half of Bushiri at the Pre­to­ria West po­lice sta­tion last week­end.

In an af­fi­davit seen by Sun­day World, Baloyi said they ar­rived at the church build­ing on Fri­day Novem­ber 9 and found that the cur­tain in Bushiri’s kitchen was not prop­erly closed.

“As I went fur­ther to check the cur­tain I learnt that three pieces of the win­dows were smoothly re­moved and they were nowhere to be found. The space [hole] was huge enough for a hu­man be­ing to fit and en­ter inside the of­fice,” he said.

Baloyi said upon fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion, they dis­cov­ered that Bushiri’s de­coder, its re­mote con­trol and one of the sound sys­tem speak­ers were miss­ing.

“It was shock­ing that most of the valu­ables such as Kruger rands, per­fumes, TV set and LED screens re­mained and left in­tact. What was also shock­ing was that one slim speaker was left but we dis­cov­ered that it was tam­pered with,” he said.

Baloyi said when they opened the speaker they found, to their shock, a de­vice that was used to cap­ture sound and move­ment in­stalled in it.

“We fur­ther learnt that there was also other de­vices such as Hawk­eye small cam­era [x2] in­stalled in the prophet’s of­fice over and above the one de­vice that I dis­cov­ered on the speaker,” he said.

He said he sus­pected those who bugged Bushiri’s of­fice were linked to the Hawks.

“We are of the sus­pi­cion that the break in is mo­ti­vated and ne­ces­si­tated by the de­sire of the po­lice per­son­nel within the em­ploy of the [Hawks], fully known as the Di­rec­torate for Pri­or­ity Crime In­ves­ti­ga­tion, to im­pli­cate the prophet in strength­en­ing all of their fab­ri­cated cases against the prophet. We there­fore re­quire the po­lice to in­ves­ti­gate the mat­ter,” he said.

Baloyi, who lives in Kyalami, Midrand, said his lux­u­ri­ous BMW X5 was also bro­ken into at a house in Norkem Park.

In an af­fi­davit seen by Sun­day World, Baloyi said he went to pick up his part­ner Zodwa Maluleke in Kemp­ton Park.

He said when he stepped out of the house two hours later he found that the rear win­dow of his road mon­ster was bro­ken and bags con­tain­ing his files and R4 000 in cash were stolen.

“I sus­pect the Hawks po­lice as I have sev­eral cases against them wherein I am a le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tive to my client [Bushiri],” reads the af­fi­davit.

Hawks spokesper­son Hang­wani Mu­laudzi said if al­le­ga­tions were true they would take ac­tion against those found to be im­pli­cated.

“These are se­ri­ous al­le­ga­tions and of course if there is any truth to it, heads must roll. How­ever, we have seen in re­cent times that there has been a lot of un­truth­ful al­le­ga­tions lev­elled against the Hawks.”

He said Bushiri and Baloyi should have not only ap­proached the SAPS or Ipid (In­de­pen­dent Po­lice In­ves­tiga­tive Di­rec­torate) but also the Hawks for in­ter­ven­tion.

“I sus­pect the Hawks po­lice as I have sev­eral cases against them for my client [Bushiri]”

Prophet Shep­herd Bushiri of the Enlightened Chris­tian Gath­er­ing Church had his of­fices in Pre­to­ria bro­ken into.

Nt­sako Baloyi’s car was bro­ken into.

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